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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one – This time with a theme, Music!

So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Plastic bag
  2. Chicken
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Quote
  5. Thermometer
  6. Coach
  7. Gas
  8. Tablet
  9. Magnify
  10. Speaker

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. 5p
  2. Chinese
  3. Red
  4. Insurance
  5. Different
  6. Travel
  7. Condemned
  8. Mum
  9. Sight
  10. Loud

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Have you ever had something planned, and when the time comes for that event, you’re all good to go, but then something happens that completely changes your plans?

Well I’ve just had one of those weekends! I was meant to be going to Coventry with Bellshill Salvation Army Band, where we were leading worship there on Saturday night and Sunday morning and afternoon. I had been uncertain for a while whether I’d be well enough to go to the Coventry with the band, but decided a few weeks ago I should be well enough.

So I had to get up early on Saturday to get myself ready to go with the band. When we got up my husband mentioned he wasn’t feeling great. However it wasn’t until I had put all my stuff into my car and was almost ready to leave that I realised how unwell he was.

To cut a long story short, I realised I couldn’t go with the band. So I had to make a phone call I really hadn’t expected to have to make, at least I’d thought if I’d had to make that call, it would have been because I wasn’t well.

So what was going to be a very long and tiring weekend for me away with the band, turned out quite different for me. It was a really emotional weekend for me between my husband being unwell, plus I’d got myself worked up about going with the band as I hadn’t been 100% sure how well I would feel by the end of the weekend. I was really upset about missing the weekend, particularly as it had taken me a while to realise I’d be well enough to go, and then at the last minute, not being able to go. I prayed and prayed some more, I was struggling to cope with what was happening. Thankfully by Sunday my husband was feeling a bit better; the band had a fantastic weekend in Coventry – If you’re interested you can read reports of the weekend, and watch the meetings from our band Facebook page.

When unexpected things happen, we all react differently, and even that depends what has actually happened. After all not all unexpected events are bad ones!

So whenever you have to deal with something unexpected, pray and God will provide all you need.

Imagine you had no constraints. i.e. Money is no issue, you have no time constraints, no responsibilities, no health issues. In other words you can go where you want, what you want, when you want. So what would you do, where would you go?

Would you go on holiday?

Perhaps you’d buy yourself a new car or a new house?

Maybe you’d learn to do something you’ve never had the time or the money to do before, such as learning to fly a plane?

Even if you have unlimited resources, it doesn’t mean they will last forever. So whether you have little money or lots of money, have lots of health concerns or as healthy as you could be, have family or work responsibilities or on your own and unemployed, we still need to look after what we have.

We need to take care of ourselves, our possessions, our friends and family, and make sure we use our time wisely.

Over the last few months I’ve been walking around my local area quite a lot. While doing this, I have noticed, even when walking predominantly along the main roads, I have seen very few other people walking!

It doesn’t seem that long ago that when walking along those same streets, you would see a number of other people also walking. I guess it’s another sign of how dependent we all are on our cars or public transport, and just, dare I say it, how lazy many of us have become.

Yes it’s easy these days, when we’re so busy all the time, to jump in our car and drive for less than 5 minutes to our next location, rather than take a few additional minutes to just walk that short distant. At a time when we’re being told that obesity is a major contributory factor to serious health problems, should we not be walking between locations, rather than taking our car?

If we walk rather than drive, not only will it aid our own health, it will also be better for the environment, and our carbon footprint.


Posted: November 23, 2018 in flowers, Food, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, Travel, words
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I wonder on a daily basis, how many things we count. For example

  • Minutes until going home time!
  • Potatoes to boil for the dinner
  • Can of juice in the fridge
  • Miles until you reach your destination
  • Steps to enter a building
  • Flowers blooming in your garden

Did you notice there was something missing from my list of suggestions – God wasn’t included in any of my suggestions.

I may not have included God in my list of suggestions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing about God we should count each day. Do you count the number of blessings you receive from God each day?

It may be that when you first think about how many blessings you’ve received from God today you think there will be very few. But I guarantee when you actually sit down and think about it God’s blessings  will far outnumber all those other things I’ve suggested, and many of them will be things that we normally just take for granted.

I thank God today for the countless blessings he gives to me each day.

Do you still send postcards when you go in holiday?

I guess most people probably don’t send postcards anymore when they’re on holiday as there is a much quicker and easier way to show your friends and family how your holiday is going, and that’s via social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to name but a few.

Now that we share photos and info about our holidays immediately with our friends and family, so we still have the same sentiment of wishing they were ‘here’ with us?

I suspect while we might be happy for some of our friends and family to be with us, we actually enjoy our time away from everyone, and away from our everyday lives. We would miss our friends and family if they weren’t with us, so I’m sure in reality, in our everyday lives, we do wish our friends and family to be with us.


Posted: July 20, 2018 in faith, holiday, life, quotes, religion, Travel
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Journeys can be exciting things, particularly if you’re off on holiday, going to see someone you’ve not seen in a while, or maybe start a new chapter in your life. That may also mean that a journey can be slightly scary, making you apprehensive about reaching your destination.

There’s one journey we’re all on that we need not be apprehensive about, and that’s our journey through life. We need not be afraid during life’s journey as God is with us, always!

Our life is not about finding God, it is about journeying through life with God by our side.

Many people these days wear some device which captures, amongst other things, how many steps they take each day. Not only that, but many who wear these devices seems to have become obsessed about the number of steps they take each day – They make a habit out of constantly checking their total steps for the day, telling others how many steps they’ve taken, and even feeling it necessary to tell everyone each time they plan to walk more than just a few steps.

I wear a device which counts amongst other things, my steps, but I wear it just so I can get an idea how much I’ve walked. I don’t get obsessed with achieving a particular number of steps each day, as I know I do as much as I can each day, and that’s good enough for me.

For those of you who are counting your steps and trying to achieve specific goals each day, good luck, but don’t do more than your body tells you you can do. Do your best, that’s all any of us can do.



Severe weather warning.

Snow, snow, and then some more snow.

Strong winds, and more snow.

Staying indoors where it’s warm and cosy until we need more food.

Shops have run out of bread, milk and most other fresh products. So glad that we bought bread the previous day.

So when’s all this snow going to stop, so we can get back to normal.

Snow has stopped falling now, but it’s still white out.

Stalactites hanging from the windows and roof. Suddenly falling to the ground making us jump at the noise.

Still it’s cold outside, and still white.

Snow’s nice to look out on when in the house but not so nice when you’re stuck somewhere in traffic.

So stay safe out there on the roads and hopefully the snow will be gone soon.

I recently caught the end of the tv programme Room 101. In this programme the panel are given a category. They then have to discuss their pet hate in that category and persuade the host to put their pet hate into Room 101, a location whose name is inspired by the torture room in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – In that Room 101 was said to contain “the worst thing in the world”.

I thought it might be interesting to come up with some categories and see what things we’d want put into Room 101. So I’ll give a category and then tell you what I’d want put into Room 101, and my reasons why. What I’d like you to then do is tell me whether I’ve convinced you that my items should be accepted into Room 101.

Category 1 – cars

My pet hate: People who park in disabled spaces when they don’t have a blue badge

Reason: I think it’s obvious, as they deprive those who have a blue badge utilising the spaces allocated to them. I once heard someone who was not authorised to park in a disabled space, says when they were confronted about it, that they weren’t well so should have a disabled space. My response to them is, if you think you merit a blue badge, apply for one! You’ll soon find out then whether you are entitled to one or not.

Category 2 – animals

My pet hate: People who don’t pick up their dog’s poo

Reason: It’s ridiculous how you have to watch where you’re walking on some streets these days, because if you don’t you’re likely to step in dog poo. In fact a few week’s ago when I went out our gate I found, right in the middle of the entrance, dog poo! It’s bad enough that we have to watch where we’re stepping to avoid stepping in dog poo, but imagine families walking along the street with young child, as they can run and fall. It’s disgusting and a health hazard when dog poo is left lying about. I just don’t understand why some dog owners think it’s ok to let their dog’s do their business anywhere, particularly if they have no intention of clearing up after their dog. I wonder how they’d feel if someone else left dog poo right outside their gate!

Category 3 – travel

My pet hate: People who drive along in the middle or outside lanes of the motorway when there’s no traffic in the inside lane(s).

Reason: If you’re driving along the motorway and find you’re moving quicker than the cars in the outer lanes, you have to move out either to a lane outside the car going faster than you (if they’re in the middle lane), or move out behind the car in the outer lane. Even then you can find that the car moving slower in the outside lane, will still continue to drive along in the outside lane oblivious of the quicker cars behind them wanting past. If you’re not overtaking anyone, move over to the leftmost lane of the motorway, and let those who want to drive faster, a clear drive to pass you, as you’re causing a hazard sitting in a water lane driving slowly.


So there you go, there’s my three pet hates in these categories. Let me know which, if any, of my pet hates you would confine to Room 101.